The aim of this course is to teach students how to compose jazz style compositions and arrangements. Past and present jazz styles will be explored. Compositional techniques for writing melody in relation to harmony, as well as jazz rhythmical concepts, will be studied. Creating compositions with motivic continuity and balanced counterpoint will be other areas of focus.
Jazz Improvisation is for those students interested in participating in MUS 146, but who do not have any experience playing jazz. MUS 198 is a playing course that focuses on learning the key elements of performing jazz improvisation. All are welcome!
The UC Davis JazzLab (Jazz Composers Ensemble) is the counterpart ensemble to the new UC Davis Jazz Composition, Theory & Arranging Course. The JazzLab meets every week for a student composers reading session, composition, and arranging workshop. Internationally renowned Jazz artist, Dr. Jacám Manricks, will perform with and direct the ensemble in an effort to provide an inspiring, creative, and learning environment for all composers and ensemble members involved. Topics that will be discussed include: ensemble playing, sight-reading, improvisation, composition and arranging, orchestration, and music theory. The UC Davis JazzLab will perform a concert and recording session each quarter. The ensemble welcomes all instrumentalists to apply. To learn more or to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an application form.